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-Margaret Mead

Friday, July 16, 2010

Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) Grant UPDATES:

The Leadership Team attended the Action Institute in Saint Louis in June.

Leadership Team
Auburndale School District - Gerald Eichman
Heart of Wisconsin - Connie Loden
Marshfield Area YMCA - John Nystrom
Marshfield Clinic - Ronda Kopelke
Marshfield Mayor - Chris Meyer
Marshfield School District - Bruce King
Nekoosa School District - Wayne Johnson
Pittsville School District - Terry Reynolds
Port Edwards School District - Pat Sullivan
Riverview Hospital - Tina Bart
South Wood County YMCA - Bryan Bailey
UW Extension - Peter Manley
UWSP - Jasia Steinmetz
Wisconsin Rapids Mayor - Mary Jo Carson
Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools - Colleen Dickmann
Wisconsin Restaurant Association - Don Thompson
Wood County Health Department - DaNita Carlson
Wood County Health Department - Sue Kunferman
Wood County Health Department - Kristie Rauter
Wood County Health Department - Jean Rosekrans

Interviews for project staff positions were held in which the best qualified candidates were hired.

Welcome to the team!

Kayleen Magruder
Health Educator
Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) Program

Kayleen Magruder has a B.S. degree in Health Promotion from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and an emphasis in nutrition, communication and psychology. Kayleen has been able to enhance her skills as well as develop new expertises while she was an AmeriCorps member this past year for the Healthy Lifestyles Marshfield Area Coalition at Marshfield Clinic. She has been able to enhance and promote health and wellness throughout communities and community-wide coalitions. Kayleen has also been able to design, coordinate, implement and evaluate programs for the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition as well as come alongside the coalition by providing technical assistance, consultation and training in evidence based approaches. Kayleen is very excited to work on increasing physical activity and improving nutrition among the residents of Wood County.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Something's Kind of "Fruity" at the Grocery Store

By Paj Ntaub Vang

Every Friday for the past few months, you may have noticed a banana, a carrot, and a grape prancing around your local grocery store. They looked a little fruity, and you may have wondered what they were up to, but they were not advertising Fruit of the Loom underwear. So who were they and what were they doing?

They are from the Healthy People Wood County Obesity Prevention Team and they have partnered up with your local grocery stores to provide fresh produce to patrons in order to promote “Healthy Eating, Active Living” .

Through the Wisconsin Partnership for Activity and Nutrition (WI PAN) Grant, the Obesity Prevention Team provided tools and resources to four local grocery stores aiding them in providing healthy “Grab and Go” options for customers. These “Grab and Go” stands, located near the check out lanes, provide customers the option of fruit and healthy snacks instead of soda and candy bars when they are in a rush.

In addition to this, Grocery Store Taste Testing Kiosks were developed to remind the community how delicious healthy foods can be. Coupons for produce were provided to the grocery stores to distribute to their customers. Local Child Care Centers were also invited to visit grocery stores where kids learned about the healthy “grab and go” options, and sampled fruits and vegetables.

In March, the Obesity Prevention Team promoted citrus fruits in which grapefruit, oranges, and pineapples were tasted. In April, romaine lettuce, spinach, and salad bags were given away to promote fresh greens. In May, they promoted roots by giving out free bags of carrots, beets, and taste testing sweet potato soup. In June, they promoted berries, which was the most popular among the foods. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries were tasted while packages of these berries were given away.

In a Wood County self-reported study, 76% of residents reported eating less than 5 or more fruits and vegetables a day and 50% of residents reported being completely physically inactive. Heart disease and diabetes, associated with levels of overweight and obesity, have a high prevalence in Wood County. So, while doing these activities, our goal is to change how people think about food and making our community a healthier one to live in.

Watch out for more Taste Testing Kiosks at your local grocery store. Special thanks to the following grocery stores for their participation: IGA of Wisconsin Rapids, Festival Foods of Marshfield, Piggly Wiggly of Nekoosa, Baum’s Mercantile of Pittsville. Special thanks to the child care centers of Wood County for their participation: Port Edward's South Wood YMCA and Tender Loving Children's Center, Rudolph's Little Dears, St. Lawrence Early Childhoon Center in Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield's Grace Lutheran Childcare, Christ Cares for Kids Childcare, and Childcare Centers of Marshfield.

I recently joined the Wood County Obesity Prevention Team at the beginning of June as an intern, from UW-Madison through the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Community Health Internship Program. I had a great experience being the “grapes”. Even though kids punched and hugged me all day, when I saw the bright smiles on their faces as they ate their fruit, it was completely worth it.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Did you know that 75.7% of Adults in Wood County consume less than the U.S.D.A. recommended 5 fruits and vegetables a day??
(UW Population Health Institute, 2006)

The Healthy People Wood County Obesity Prevention Team is promoting healthy eating and active living. Every Friday of the month we promote healthy foods in the community grocery stores.

Grocery Store Taste Testing Kiosks
Wisconsin Rapids, WI - IGA
Marshfield, WI - Festival Foods
Nekoosa, WI - Piggly Wiggly
Pittsville, WI - Baum's Mercantile

June was BERRY MONTH. Customers were given a coupon for a dollar off strawberries, or they were given a free container of berries. We also had customers taste strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. This also gave them a serving of fruit for the day!

Benefits of Berries:

Berries are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals and contain many antioxidants

Common Berries:





Try Something New!


These berries are a cross between raspberries, blackberries and logan berry. They're low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Boysenberries are also high in vitamin C, K, Manganese and dietary fiber.